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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES / Blue cupcake skirt (and accessories) on: October 04, 2008 06:31:09 PM
So I went to the Giant Eagle with the basic concept of this skirt in mind, fully intending to disregard the wisdom of, oh, the entire internets and attempt to dye a cotton laundry bag with Koolaid. Luckily, in the laundry section my attention strayed to...ironing board covers. Blue, cheap, and Omg Sparkly! Score. Overall, I spent darn near $15 bucks.
2 ironing board covers at $4.50: $9
2 containers of sprinkles/sugar at $1.99: $3.98
1 bag of candy necklaces: $1.79

To make the skirt, I ripped out the seam connecting the elastic to the actual cover:

And of course, removed the foam pad inside. Tada, sparkly blue fabric pieces:

To construct the skirt itself, I sewed the two ironing board covers together end to end, cut a piece off of the top lengthwise to make a waistband,  andchopped off the pointy bits at the end of each piece. Then I gathered the resulting rectangular piece, put on the waistband, and sewed up the side. Just a basic gathered skirt, really.

Then the fun part. I laid stencils on the skirt, spread fabric glue on, and sprinkled on the sprinkles!

I then made a straight freehand line with the glue and added the pink sugar. The result:

I also dipped the button in glue and sprinkles (yes, the zipper is visible on purpose!):


Action shot:

But what to do with the leftover scraps of fabric and the candy necklaces I didn't use? Accessories, of course! A slouchy little purse with a giant freaking bow:

And candy beads strung onto memory wire, with the ends glued:

The whole thing:

Thanks for looking...the skirt is actually one of my favorite things that I've made, ever. I need to figure out how to best seal the sprinkles so I can wear it out at least once.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress for a wedding this weekend (as a guest)? on: September 25, 2008 12:43:01 PM
I have a wedding to go to on Saturday and just now started thinking about what to wear...great planning, right? Anyone have suggestions for cute dress patterns/tutes that could be finished by then with intermediate sewing skills? The wedding is at 5:30 in the evening, and is only slightly dressy.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rack-squishing $4 Ann Taylor dress to high-waisted bubble skirt (image phat) on: July 07, 2008 08:08:35 PM
So I went to Gabriel Bros. this weekend while I was home visiting my parents...they had a bunch of dresses from Ann Taylor on sale for four bucks apiece. I loved the fabric this one was made of (silk/cotton blend--nom), but it was completely unflattering; it made me look like I had one giant flat uniboob!

So I bought it anyway, fully intending to just cut off the bodice and leave the skirt intact.
The chopping off at the waist:

I hemmed the raw edge and tried it on...

Eww! Bad length, and kinda boring. What to do? Turn it into a bubble skirt, of course!

It was convenient and not too annoying to do so, as the skirt had a separate lining, so I was able to just gather the edge of the main skirt and sew it to said lining.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What shall I do with several yards of vintage polyester knit? on: April 07, 2008 12:38:04 PM
I have several yards of very 70's seafoam green 100% polyester knit with white butterfly print that I've been hoarding since I was about 10, and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it! Any suggestions? Anything I think of inevitably seems just a little bit too tacky. I can post pictures if anyone would like to see it!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Using long-closed businesses' logos on t-shirts? on: March 19, 2008 12:39:59 PM
So last month's craft challenge (represent your hometown) has inspired me to make some t-shirts with the logos of a couple of defunct stores and restaurants from my hometown on them. They're just for myself at the moment, but in case anyone else should want one, are there any legal issues that could arise even if the businesses have been closed for several years and no one owns the trademarks anymore?

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Narrowing shoulders on Vogue 8379 wrap dress? on: October 22, 2007 08:50:21 AM
I'm in the process of making my first dress ever, the Vogue 8379 wrap dress. Everything seems to be going well, except that the shoulders on the size that otherwise fits me are just a wee bit (about 3/4") too wide. Is this easily fixed? Thanks in advance for helping out a slightly clueless me!  Smiley
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 18 ENTRIES / Anthropomorphic push-pin on: May 06, 2007 08:44:32 PM
This is my first challenge, and inspiration finally struck at the last minute, so this is mostly for fun...meet my felt push-pin; he's slightly annoyed to have a bent pin!

The body and face are made completely of felt pieces; most of the seams were done with a felting needle, but a few needed thread too. He's an environmentally friendly pin, stuffed with shredded plastic grocery bags. 
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Payless Maryjanes to MJ-inspired pumps. First post and slightly image-plump! on: May 04, 2007 06:57:34 PM

I fell in love with these http://couture.zappos.com/n/p/dp/17741250/c/29465.html as I do with at least one pair of Marc Jacobs' shoes every season, but certainly wasn't going to pay $350 for them. Then I saw honeebee's cute version of some Betsey Johnson ribbon flats (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122442.0) and decided to try to apply her technique to a pair of Payless maryjanes to achieve a similar, but not quite the same, look...

The originals, bought on sale:

The finished product:

I lopped off the straps and cut the slits in the shoes with an exacto knife and threaded the ribbon through them with the help of a very small crochet hook. I glued the bows and accent ribbon on with some sort of evil stinky glue (I can't find the tube right now).

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